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Fall Bird Photography-Online

Learn how to move beyond in-focus branches and out-of-focus birds in this hands-on online bird photography workshop with expert avian photographer Eduardo del Solar. Improve technical and artistic photography skills by practicing on song birds, warblers and seashore birds during spring migration.

Participants will attend three two-hour online classroom sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 11, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 focusing on the skills needed to capture birds in flight, portrait, environmental, behavioral and artistic modes.

People will practice their newfound skills in between classes and then share their work, reviewing with the class and learning how to improve their skillset.

People will also gain knowledge in processing and tweaking images using a raw converter such as Adobe Lightroom for publishing and printing.

In addition to the six hours of online instruction, each student will receive one hour of individual instruction via email, phone or video chat (Teams, Zoom or WhatsApp).

DSLR and Mirrorless cameras with full auto and manual functions with telephoto capabilities are ideal for this class. All skill levels welcome, although some knowledge of advanced camera functions is helpful.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79633-fall-bird-photography-online for more information and registration (Members: $160 | Nonmembers: $185).

Walking tour of Stony Brook (English + en Español)                                          

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Stony Brook at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today’s Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams.

In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a testament to the power of community activism.

The group will meet at the Stony Brook Orange Line T station and follow COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and (optional) pre-registration.

Spontaneous Celebrations Block Party                                         

Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. will host a neighborhood block party from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 to commemorate their reopening.

See how the renovations are coming along. Food and music included.

Visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org for more information.

Sacred Rest with Brenna Matthews (in-person and livestream)

Why is deep, intentional rest so important? There is a long list: It can help balance the pace of life, has a positive impact on the nervous and immune systems, can offer more regular sleep and digestion patterns, and may improve memory and brain function, to name a few.

The Yogis, however, had yet another reason for exploring deep, trustful surrender: to experience Turiya or pure consciousness. This is the state beyond waking, sleeping and dreaming, where there are no limitations or conditions.

Brenna Matthews will lead two hours of asana, pranayama, restorative postures accompanied by a short sound bath, closing with yoga nidra as a way to explore this process of trustful surrender and sacred rest.

This hybrid workshop will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.11 at JP Centre Yoga, 670 Centre St. and via live-stream. The recording will be available for 48 hours for all participants.

Visit www.jpcentreyoga.com/calender-events//sacred-rest-sep for more information and registration (tiered pricing).

Hands-on Mead-making with Bill the Beekeeper

Hands-on Mead-making with Bill the Beekeeper will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Forbes Community Garden, 31 Forbes St.

Make your own mead in a lovely community garden with Bill Perkins of Agricultural Hall. Attendees will enjoy samples and learn about mead’s history, varieties, and ingredients. Then they’ll have the chance to make their own mead to take home (see details when you register) or just watch and learn.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/65003 for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $15 | Children: Free).

‘InterGeneration’ outdoor release screening

Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan, will host an outdoor premiere screening of Carolyn Shadid Lewis’ film “InterGeneration,” an animated storytelling project between teens and elders about Boston's colonial past and inequitable present, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, followed by a Q&A with participants at 8 p.m. (Rain date: Sept. 12).

“InterGeneration” began in the Teen Bridge Artist-in-Residence Program at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain and is now a highly acclaimed feature-length film.

The event is free, but requires registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/intergeneration-outdoor-release-screening-at-the-boston-nature-center-tickets-163738561445.

Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series                                                     

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts will host a series of concerts – from jazz to hip hop, harp to steel drum – at 4 p.m. on Sundays at the Eliot Schoolyard, 24 Eliot St. as follows:

– Sept. 12: Household Items / Olson Pingrey Duo (multi-genre comedic music / jazz sax & trombone)

– Sept. 19: Dzidzor / Prateek (Ghanaian & American folk & blues)

– Sept. 26: Tarciso Alves (Brazilian folk from Pernambuco)

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eliot-schoolyard-concert-series-tickets-120937069029 for more information and required registration.


The Jamaica Plain Arts Council will project artists' images bigger than life in front of the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 Eliot St. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. (Rain date: Sept. 18)

Celebrate Jamaica Plain's vibrant art scene in a relaxed, exciting atmosphere.

Visit https://jpopenstudios.com/call-to-artists-projections for more information.

An Evening of Jazz with Brian Kane

Enjoy a jazz concert among the late summer blooms on the Lawn of the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. with Big Band/Swing saxophonist and vocalist, Brian Kane from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and picnics as you enjoy an evening of swing-filled music. In the shadow of the 1760s Georgian mansion, sway to the sounds of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-jazz-with-brian-kane-tickets-167324458961 for more information and registration ($5-$7).

Shadow work for young adults                                                       

To fully live in the light, people must learn to fully embrace the darkness within. This means confronting negative thoughts, emotions and experiences that have shaped who people are so they can be more intentional about who they are becoming. People need to learn to live in the full range of human capacity and to not feel bad about doing it. Every emotion and impulse are perfectly human.

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford says, “Our inner darkness is referred to as the shadow, id or subconscious. From a young age, we are taught what is good and what is bad - and what is perceived as bad often gets repressed, resulting in inner fragmentation and psychological projection. These are the aspects of the self that make up the shadow. The shadow has plenty of gifts to offer us, though, and the purpose of shadow work is to identify and acquire these gifts in order to live a more fulfilling life.”

Teens 16+ to young adults in their mid-to-late 20s are invited to join YA librarian Paul on Zoom from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20 to put into practice some of the shadow work exercises featured in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by personal transformation expert Debbie Ford.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy summer fitness series (online/onsite)

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a summer fitness series from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 29. The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

All classes will be led by YogaHub instructors on Zoom, unless otherwise *noted:

   – Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga: Wednesday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29

   – Classic Vinyassa Yoga: Wednesday, Sept. 22 *Zoom + Arnold Arboretum Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden

   – Pilates with YogaHub: Tuesday, Sept. 28

All classes will be recorded and posted to the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel for all to enjoy after the live event.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/events for more information and registration.

Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise Series

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host the Get Movin’ on the Lawn Exercise Series from 6 to 7 p.m. on select Wednesdays as follows:

   – Yoga in the Garden: Sept. 15


Visit https://loring-greenough.org/house-events for more information and registration (Each session: Non-members - $5 | Members - free).

JP Chess on the Lawn

Play chess outdoors on the lawn of the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Tables, chairs and chess sets will be provided. Bring your own clock if you want to play with time controls. All ages and abilities are welcome. This event is weather permitting.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/jpchess for more information.

Jazz in Jamaica Plain – Outdoor concerts/fundraisers               

JP Centre/South Main Streets has partnered with New England Jazz Connections to present Jazz in Jamaica Plain – a series of outdoor micro-concerts that seek to raise money for JP/Roxbury Mutual Aid.

The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at three rotating locations as follows:

– Green St Parklet, 3 Green St. on Sept. 16

– South Street Mall/Tennis Courts on Sept. 23

– First Baptist Church Lawn on Sept. 30

Visit www.facebook.com/NewEnglandJazzConnections for more information.

Befriending Stillness: Restorative Yoga Workshop 

Join JP Centre yoga therapist Alex Bauermeister – in person or via Zoom – for a gentle practice that blends restorative yoga, meditation and trauma-informed mindfulness from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17.

Together, participants will cultivate space for metabolizing physical, emotional, mental and energetic stress, to emerge refueled, rebalanced and reinspired. This is a practice of self-care to bring forward most resilient selves, in service of personal wellbeing, and the wellbeing of relationships and communities

Visit www.jpcentreyoga.com/calender-events//befriending-stillness for more information and registration (tiered pricing).

Friday Nights at The Movies – ‘Raya and The Last Dragon’

“Raya and The Last Dragon” will be shown from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 on the Loring Greenough House Lawn.

Disney’s first animated film to feature a Southeast Asian princess, Raya, on a quest to recover the pieces of a magical jewel called the Dragon Gem in the enchanted realm of Kumandra. Starring Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, Sandra Oh, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Daniel Dae Kim and Benedict Wong. Released 2021, rated PG.

All movies will feature English subtitles for the benefit of the deaf or hard of hearing.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/raya-and-the-last-dragon-film-screening-tickets-154870254099 for more information and registration ($0-$7). Ticket purchase to benefit the LGH.

Walking tour of Hyde Square - English + en en Español

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host a free guided walking tour of Hyde Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Latinx immigrants transformed it.

The group will leave from Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St. and follow the COVID-19 guidelines (remember to wear a mask). The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

Visit www.jphs.org for more information and (optional) registration.

Cocktails in the Park 

Party in the Park, a unique cocktail party at Pinebank Promontory overlooking the picturesque Jamaica Pond, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

All proceeds support the revitalization of Charlesgate Park, a critical link in the region’s park network.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/party-in-the-park/purchase-tickets for more information and tickets.

BLAA group exhibition “TBD” at Boston Cyberarts Gallery

The Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., will feature the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance in a group exhibition “TBD” from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Queerness refuses absolutisms. "TBD" is an exploration of the versatility of queer new media and the tenderness of technology. The works are in their own respects transitory, breaking binary through new formats and within new code. In an age of surging updates and information, these works become fluid in their indeterminate process.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/exhibitions and/or www.blaa.us for more information.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

Parks Fitness: Carnival Fit with Teneesha                                                           

Carnival Fit with Teneesha will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Oct. 2 at the Mozart Street Playground, 10 Mozart St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Yoga at Jamaica Pond | Sunday Summer Series @ Pinebank Promontory

Join Marlene Boyette of Leela Yoga + Wellness from 11 a.m. to noon on (most) Sundays through Sept. 26 and enjoy yoga practice surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of Jamaica Pond at Pinebank Promontory. Suitable for all levels.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-at-jamaica-pond-sunday-summer-series-pinebank-promontory-tickets-156354379157 for more information and registration (free; donations welcome).

JP Centre St Farmers' Market

The JP Centre St Farmers' Market, 677 Centre Street will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday through Dec. 18.

Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for complete list of farmers markets.

Jamaica Plain New Parents Group

The Jamaica Plain new parents group hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Parents with a baby under the age of one are invited to attend.

The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.

Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and required Zoom registration.

Community vigil                                                                                         

A community vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

The purpose of the vigils is to stand out and speak up for racial justice and human rights while speaking out against white supremacy and will include speakers amidst moments of silence. Everyone welcome.

These Black Lives Matter vigils have been ongoing since December 2015.

For further information, contact Mary Lenihan at maryfranlenny@gmail.com or Penny Wells at pwells222@gmail.com.

JPKS Monthly Knit & Stitch Night

JPKS Knit & Stitch Night will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month via Zoom.

Until then, happy knitting and stitching.

Visit https://jpknitandstitch.com/jpks-monthly-knit-stitch-night-now-via-zoom for more information, including the Zoom link.

First Fridays Virtual Open Mic                                                     

First Fridays Open Mic Night, hosted by Kaleigh O’Keefe, will be held virtually from 7:30 to 10 p.m. All ages and talents are welcome.

RSVP on www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysJP for the Zoom link and/or to sign up to perform.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

Courageous Sailing has begun – lots of laughing – lots of fun!

This nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization is committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor through October.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

‘Collages and Constructions’ Juried Exhibition          

The Menino Arts Center will showcase the “Collages and Constructions” juried exhibition through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The mixed media exhibition features 44 pieces from the 38 artists juried by Ekua Holmes and curated by Sasja Lucas.

This exhibition will be viewable both in person at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave., Hyde Park and in a virtual 3D gallery that you can stroll through at www.hpaa-mac.org/ exhibits.

FBCJP Meals/Groceries delivered

Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will be delivering meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and groceries on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you need food, please call 617-971-8840 or email food@firstbaptistjp.org. 

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Urbano Works

Urbano is a nonprofit that brings together practicing visual artists, local youth and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects. They foster public and participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion and social change. Their projects consist of Artists in Residence, youth projects, apprentices and workshops all of which intersect around an annual curatorial theme.

Visit urbanoproject.org for more information, including art exhibitions and links to purchase their works.

JP Centre Yoga online/onsite

JP Centre Yoga (670 Centre St.) offers a variety of In-Studio, Outdoor and Online classes at various time of each day. They also offer workshops.

JP Centre Yoga has implemented tiered pricing.

Visit jpcentreyoga.com for more information, including class schedule and a link to register.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston                                          

The Kadampa Meditation Center Boston (360C Centre St.) – in conjunction with their sister-center, Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and Meditation in Maine (a branch of KMC) – offers a multitude of varied and inspiring classes that allow people to learn meditation, bring real meaning to life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings.

Whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand new, you will find a range of classes and courses to choose from.

All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; free for members.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome.

Visit meditationinboston.org for more information.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or toiletries to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their administrative offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for more information, including a list of places that they service.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network                                                  

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, provides a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network, visit bit.ly/jpmutualaid to find, among other information, links to resources.

Email mutualaidjamaicaplain@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.